Make Photography Wild Again!

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As a new initiative Copenhagen Photo Festival launches its Open Call 2023 under the overarching theme of ‘Rewilding’, which highlights sustainability and Copenhagen’s appointment as UNESCO’s World Capital of Archetecture in 2023. With the theme ‘Rewilding’ the festival encourages artists, talents and photographers to think ‘wildly’ and set photography free. The winners of the call wins a solo exhibition during next year’s festival in June.

An urban wilderness in the middle of Copenhagen may not be the most obvious exhibition venue, but the old Danish industrial giant B&W’s shipyard, which is placed on the island of Refshaleøen in the sweet spot between Copenhagen Contemporary, Michelin-Restaurant Alchemist and Reffen Street Food, has for several years been a green exhibition space and backdrop for Copenhagen Photo Festival.

The place is a historical piece of land in the midst of an industrial urban space which once laid ground to the building of ships. Since then rose hips, trees and wildflowers have taken over the former building site. 

Sustainability and ‘Rewilding’

In 2023 the festival focuses on the topical concept ‘Rewilding’: “with our theme we address a current agenda and invite artists and photographers to expand the usual exhibition conventions – glas and frame on white walls – and explore new perspectives on urban spaces and sustainability. On ‘Beddingen’, as the former shipyard is known, we have an exceptional opportunity to lay out an urban landscape to this challenge – and to rewild photography,” says festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. 

‘Rewilding’ 

The theme ‘rewilding’ is particularly relevant as Copenhagen will bring special attention to sustainability in 2023 as UNESCO’s World Capital of Architecture which will focus specifically on the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals. ‘Rewilding’ refers to a process where nature regulates itself without interference from humans and without serving human purposes 

The term has in recent years been used to propose solutions to some of today’s climate and biodiversity crises. But the concept also shakes established power relations and challenges traditional understandings of the relationship between humans and nature. The festival encourages artists, talents and photographers to explore this field and to interpret the term in its broadest sense.

Calling established and aspiring artists from all over the world

We encourage all interested artists, photographers and talents to apply for CPF’s Open Call 2023. The winners will be chosen by the members of our programme committee: head of the DMJX, Søren Pagter; curator and head of communication at Martin Asbæk Gallery, Patricia Breinholm; photo editor at the newspaper Weekendavisen, Mie Brinkmann and festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. 

Deadline is 1 November. Winners are announced on 1 March. The exhibitions will open during next year’s festival in June. 

Find more information about the open call here 

Start your submission for the open call here

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Gør fotografiet vildt igen! 

Som noget nyt lancerer Copenhagen Photo Festival næste års open call under ét bærende tema, der binder an til bæredygtighed og Københavns udnævnelse som arkitekturhovedstad i 2023. Med temaet ‘Rewilding’ opfordrer festivalen til at tænke ‘vildt’ og sætte den fotografiske kunst fri i naturen. Vinderne får deres egen soloudstilling under festivalen i 2023

Det er måske de færreste, der tænker, at et urbant vildnis på Refshaleøen er et oplagt udstillingsrum, men B&Ws gamle bedding, der ligger i smørhullet mellem Copenhagen Contemporary, Restaurant Alchemist og Reffen Street Food, har i flere år lagt græs, buske og udstillingsrum til Copenhagen Photo Festival. 

Stedet er et historisk stykke jord midt i Refshaleøens industrielle byrum, der engang blev brugt til at bygge B&W’s skibe på. Siden har det fået lov til at forvilde som en tidslomme blandt Refshaleøens rå arkitektur, hvor hybenroser og vilde blomster nu har overtaget den nedlagte bedding. 

Bæredygtighed og ‘genforvildning’

I 2023 stiller festivalen skarpt på det højaktuelle begreb ‘rewilding’  – eller genforvildning med et fordansket ord: 

“Med vores tema taler vi ind i en topaktuel agenda og inviterer kunstnere og fotografer til at udvide de gængse konventioner om glas, ramme og hvide vægge for at se nye perspektiver på byrum og bæredygtighed. På Beddingen har vi en enestående mulighed for at lægge landskab til den udfordring og gøre fotografiet vildt igen,” siger festivaldirektør Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. 

‘Rewilding’ 

Temaet ‘rewilding’ binder an til, at København i 2023 er verdens arkitekturhovedstad med særligt fokus på bæredygtighed og de 17 verdensmål. Det betegner en proces, hvor naturen får lov til at regulere sig selv uden indblanding fra mennesker og uden at tjene menneskelige formål. 

Begrebet har vundet frem i de senere år som en løsningsmodel på nogle af tidens klima- og biodiversitetskriser. Samtidig ryster begrebet også ved etablerede magtstrukturer, der udfordrer en traditionel forståelse af forholdet mellem mennesket og naturen. Festivalen opfordrer ansøgere til at afsøge dette spændingsfelt – og til den videst mulige tolkning af begrebet.

Kalder alle etablerede og spirende kunstnere!

Alle interesserede kunstnere og fotografer opfordres til at søge. Vinderne udvælges af festivalens programudvalg, der består af lederen af DMJX’s fotolinje, Søren Pagter, kurator og kommunikationsansvarlig hos Martin Asbæk Gallery, Patricia Breinholm, Weekendavisens fotoredaktør, Mie Brinkmann og festivaldirektør, Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. 

Deadline er 1. november, og vinderne annonceres 1. marts. Udstillingerne åbner til næste års festival i juni. 

Læs mere om vores open call 2023 her 

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Nominated to Byens Bedste 2022

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Nomineret til Byens Bedste 2022

"Copenhagen Photo Festival rykkede igen i år ind på museer i København – med Refshaleøen som centrum. Som en af Europas største har festivalen et væld af interessante udstillinger og temaer at gå om bord i – i år blandt andet vietnamesiske Hien Hoang, som bidrog med »Asia Bistro – Made in Rice«, hvor hun stiller skarpt på indgroede forestillinger om asiatisk kultur.

Årets festival var også særlig, da den gav et indblik i krigen i Ukraine med udstillingen »The Thin Line«, som bestod af billeder taget af ukrainske fotografer, der skulle have udstillet på Odesa Photo Days. I stedet har de portrætteret krigen i både byer og på landet."

Sådan skriver Berlingske i deres indstilling til nomineringen af Copenhagen Photo Festival som Byens Bedste Oplevelse 2022.

Stem og hjælp os med at vinde

Vi er super stolte over at være blandt de blot fem nominerede i kategorien Byens Bedste Oplevelse 2022, for som Berlingske skriver “Der er altid noget at give sig til i København. Oplevelser venter om hvert et gadehjørne. Men hvilken oplevelse har været den bedste det seneste år?”

Vi håber naturligvis, at du synes, at vores fotofestival har været Byens Bedste Oplevelse i år. Festivalen fejrer fotografiet i store og små gallerier, museer og udstillingssteder i hele København samt i vores festivalcentrum på Refshaleøen. 

Vi håber, at så mange som muligt vil bakke op og stemme på os. Det er et flot selskab af oplevelser, vi er nomineret sammen med, så hver stemme tæller! Vinderen findes dels via en åben afstemning samt af en Jury bestående af AOK-redaktionens genreredaktører.

Hop ind og stem på os her!

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Nominated to Byens Bedste 2022

What wonderful news! Copenhagen Photo Festival has just been nominated to Byens Bedste Oplevelse 2022 (Copenhagen’s Best Event  2022) by the Danish national newspaper Berlingske and its Copenhagen section AOK!!

We are so thrilled! The prize is given every year to the best event in Copenhagen – this year for the 21st time! We are super proud to be among the just five nominated in the category Byens Bedste Oplevelse. Because as Berlingske writes “There is always something to do in Copenhagen. New events/experiences are just around every street corner. But which one has been the best the past year?”

We really hope that you think that it is our festival! Copenhagen Photo Festival celebrates photography across Copenhagen in galleries, museums and exhibition spaces as well as at our Festival Center on Refshaleøen.

Help us win!

The winner of the best event of the city is found partly by votes and partly by a jury consisting of editors of the newspaper.  The event with most votes obviously has a great advantage. Therefore we hope you will support our nomination – it would truly mean the world to us being a small non-profit festival! Please note you do not have to be a resident of Copenhagen or Denmark to participate in the vote – you can vote wherever you are in the world!

Hop in and vote for us here! 

 


Online screening: Granny’s Life

All summer you have the chance to visit the outdoor, large scale exhibition Granny by the Ukrainian artist Olena Morozova on the walls of our exhibition venue Frame on Refshaleøen. The touching exhibition was part of this year’s photo festival as a part of Odesa Photo Days. It explores the relationship between the artist and her grandmother, who was once an independent feminist, but was living with dementia in the last years of her life.

As a special summer treat we can now also show Olena Morozova’s film Granny here. The film was shown in our cinema during the festival. We urge you to see Morozova’s portrait of her granny and also to support her fundraiser to get the project published – we would love to see this project as a book! 

You can pre-order the book or find more information on how to support here

Granny’s Life

“In the photos of the project Granny are my granny, me and my younger children Maria and Tymur. My granny had a very bright life, she was a really bright and interesting person with a great sense of humor. She was a doctor, a gynecologist. She started her practice in Siberia, but she dreamed of living in Kyiv and one day her dream came true. 

She was also an examplary feminist. In the Soviet days this was quite strange. All her life she did everything herself. She raised her son (my dad) by herself, she earned money, saved people's lives, helped newborns to life, she got an apartment in Kyiv herself, bought a car for her son and she never got married, but she had many lovers.

I started researching the problem of dementia when my grandmother was diagnosed with it. We talked about her illness so that she does not lose touch with reality. I also involved my children in this process, which was very helpful. 

The burden of dementia

According to the WHO, in 2017 there were more than 50 million people with dementia worldwide. 7.7 million new cases are reported yearly, each one becomes a significant burden on families and health systems. Dementia causes the brain to degenerate and it is characterized by a persistent decrease in cognitive activity with a loss of previously acquired knowledge and practical skills. From the very first manifestations to severe forms, patients require care and social support.

Glimpses of her complex and interesting character are like pearls that you acquire through the hard work of constant communication. These moments dear to our hearts, the chronicle of the struggle against "the darkness" and visions from a past life: military childhood, interesting youth, medical practice in the cruel inhuman conditions of the Russian hinterland, are the essence of the project, which has become more than a project for me. 

At a certain moment, I felt the need to photograph her in those moments when she talks about her visions. I have traced a clear relationship between memories, strong impressions and fears from my grandmother's past and painful visions in the present.

There is no happy ending in this struggle, the illness always wins, and this dread is visible. When phantasmagorias merge with reality it's always scary, and the only thing that can help is the attention of relatives and closeness.

Fundraiser to publish Granny

I think that such an interesting person and interesting life story is worth publishing in an art book. I found a book designer and publisher in Kyiv called RedZet. We did a lot of work on it already and now we have started a fundraiser to publish 300 copies of the first edition of the book «Granny».” Photographer Olena Morozova

Olena Morozova: Granny

Refshalevej 173C, Refshaleøen

 

Tine Bek’s Playful Materiality

“My work is very organic. It almost flows. I hope my works give you a sensation of feeling like you are there. That you can almost touch the sculpture or smell the food.”

Inspired by Karen Blixen’s short story Karneval and the tactility and sensuality of materials like foam and butter, the art photographer Tine Bek both explores three dimensionality, plays with fine art distinctions of materiality as well as our notions of sensory experiences in her photography. 

Tine Bek was one of this year’s five exceptional FUTURES Nordic Talents who exhibited at the festival center, where she also shared her thoughts about her practice and process.

Bek recently published the photo book “The Vulgarity of Being Three Dimensional” at Disko Bay publishers and from 24 June you can enjoy Bek’s playful works at the “Summer Crush” exhibition which opens at @ardenasbækgallery in central Copenhagen.

🎥 Sonia Tomegros Regalado /@noia_de_mon


Open Call for The Meitar Award

The Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography, a collaboration between PHOTO IS:RAEL and the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund, will be awarded for the seventh time this year to a photographer whose works demonstrate excellence in the field of photography. This year Copenhagen Photo Festival's director Maja Dyrehauge is part of the jury which also includes photographer Roger Ballen, Curator of C/O Berlin Foundation Kathrin Schönegg, curator at V&A Museum Lisa Springer and a host of notable professionals from the world of photography.

Grant and Exhibition

This year’s winner will receive a $14,000 grant for the publication of a solo exhibition at PHOTO IS:RAEL International Photography Festival. The winner will be announced in November 2022, and the exhibition will be shown in November 2023 at the 11th International Photography Festival. 

During the course of that year, the winner will work on the exhibition together with PHOTO IS:RAEL’s Chief Curator. Of the works submitted, the panelists will select 20 finalists for a group exhibition at the International Photography Festival, which will take place in November 2022 in Tel Aviv.

Registration, submission and deadline

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of leading international professionals who specialize in the field of photography, art and culture. The judges will be expected to select a series or body of work which represents a distinct and compelling personal voice.

Submission deadline: July 18, 2022

Submission fee: Early registration 42$ (until July 1st), Late registration 54$

Photographs must be submitted via the contest website

For questions and additional information please contact: info@photoisrael.org

Panel of Judges

Dafna Meitar Nechmad, Director General, The Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund

Demet Yıldız Dinçer, Photography Department Manager, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Ed Kashi, Photojournalist/Filmmaker with VII Photo Agency

Judith Guetta, Artist, Director of the Azrieli Gallery and the Yossi Nachmias Photo Gallery, Chair Department of

Photographic Communication, Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem

Kathrin Schönegg, Curator of C/O Berlin Foundation

Lakin Ogunbanwo, Photographer

Lisa Springer, Curator of Touring Photography Exhibitions, V&A Museum, London

Ljudmila Stratimirović, Artistic Director and Founder of Kc Grad and Art Weekend Belgrade

Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, Managing Director, Copenhagen Photo Festival

Rivka Saker, Chairman of Sotheby's Israel, Founder and board chair of ARTIS

Dr. Roger Ballen, Artist and Photographer

 

PHOTO IS:RAEL is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering dialogue via research and the highlighting of artistic and social issues through the language of photography.


Zanele Muholi: Zanele Muholi

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South African visual activist Zanele Muholi (b.1972) came to prominence in the early 2000s with photographs that told the stories of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex lives in South Africa.

Today, Zanele Muholi is one of the most significant artists on the international scene. The exhibition at GL STRAND is the first major presentation of Muholi’s work to date in Denmark and includes more than 100 works documenting LGBTQI + in South Africa and presenting the full breadth of Muholi’s career to date. The Exhibition is organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with Kunstforeningen GL Strand, Copenhagen and Bildmuseet at Umeå University.

From 18 to 23 June GL STRAND gives a 50% discount on the entrance to the Zanele Muholi exhibition if you can show them a festival ticket.

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Den sydafrikanske fotograf og visuelle aktivist Zanele Muholi (f. 1972) brød igennem i starten af 00’erne med fotografier, der dokumenterer sorte lesbiske, homoseksuelle, biseksuelle, trans-, queer- og interseksuelles liv i Sydafrika.

I dag står Zanele Muholi som en af den internationale kunstscenes mest betydningsfulde kunstnere. Udstillingen i GL STRAND er den første store præsentation af Muholis værk til dato i Danmark og inkluderer mere end 100 værker, der dokumenterer LGBTQIA+ i Sydafrika. Udstillingen dækker hele kunstnerens produktion, herunder også helt nye værker og er udviklet af Tate Modern i samarbejde med Kunstforeningen GL STRAND og Bildmuseet, Umeå Universitet.

I perioden 18.6-23.6 giver GL STRAND 50% på entrébilletten til den nyåbnede ”ZANELE MUHOLI” udstilling, når du viser din billet til Copenhagen Photo Festival. 


Curator Talk: On the making of the exhibition”ZANELE MUHOLI”

Photo credit: © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg/Amsterdam and Yancey Richardson, New York

Meet Yasufumi Nakamori, Senior Curator of International Art (Photography) at Tate Modern in conversation with GL STRAND’s chief curator Anne Kielgast about his collaboration with Zanele Muholi and the making of the exhibition, which is the artist’s first major survey exhibition. The exhibition is curated by Tate Modern in collaboration with GL STRAND. Following the talk there will be a celebration of the opening of the exhibition. 

South African visual activist Zanele Muholi (b. 1972) came to prominence in the early 2000s with photographs that told the stories of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex lives in South Africa. More than 100 photographs are brought together at GL STRAND to present the full breath of Muholi’s career to date, from their very first body of work Only Half the Picture, to their on-going series Somnyama Ngonyama. These works challenge dominant ideologies and representations, presenting the participants in their photographs as fellow human beings being bravely existing in the face of prejudice, intolerance and often violence

Free entrance

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Kurator Talk: Om at skabe udstillingen ”ZANELE MUHOLI”

Mød Yasufumi Nakamori, Senior Curator of International Art (Photography) ved Tate Modern i en samtale med GL STRANDs chefkurator Anne Kielgast om hans samarbejde med Zanele Muholi og tilblivelsen af udstillingen, der er den første store survey-udstilling over kunstnerens værk. Udstillingen åbner senere samme dag og er tilrettelagt af Tate Modern i samarbejde med GL STRAND. 

Den sydafrikanske visuelle aktivist Zanele Muholi (f. 1972) brød igennem i starten af 00’erne med fotografier, der dokumenterer sorte lesbiske, homoseksuelle mænd, biseksuelle, trans-, queer- og interseksuelles liv i Sydafrika. I dag står Zanele Muholi som en af den internationale kunstscenes mest betydningsfulde kunstnere og har udstillet over hele verden. Udstillingen i GL STRAND præsenterer hele Muholis karriere som visuel kunstner: Fra den første værkserie Only Half the Picture (2002-2006) til den igangværende serie af iscenesatte selvportrætter Somnyama Ngonyama (2012-). Muholis værker udfordrer dominerende stereotyper, repræsentationsformer og det heteronormative blik og viser mennesker, der på modig vis lever liv, hvor de bliver mødt med fordomme, intolerance og ofte vold – uden at skildre dem som ofre

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LEE MILLER - Fotograf. Icon. Surrealist.

Elizabeth "Lee" Miller (1907-1977) var både som fotograf og som person normbrydende og levede et aldeles usædvanligt liv: Fotograf, model, forretningskvinden, gourmetkok, forfatter og krigskorrespondent. Hun levede et intenst liv i en verden i rygende forandring, og hun fangede den i sine fotografier: krigsreportager fra 2. Verdenskrig og surrealistiske kompositioner med bl.a. den foranderlige kvinderolle som tema. Med et enormt mod engagerede Miller sig i et væld af projekter, men mest af alt var hun en blændende god fotograf. 

I udstillingen LEE MILLER – Fotograf. Ikon. Surrealist fortæller Det Kgl. Bibliotek den vilde historie om Lee Millers liv og værk gennem 100 fotografier fra perioden 1929-1964 samt et væld af breve, dokumenter og magasiner, som ikke tidligere har været vist i Danmark. Udstillingen viser bredden i Millers værk: portræt- og modefotografi fra New York og Paris, landskabsfotografi, de gruopvækkende fotografier fra 2. Verdenskrig, såvel som fabelagtige fotografier af Millers kunstnervenner og bekendtskabskreds – Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, Colette, Max Ernst, Dora Maar med flere.


Opening – LEE MILLER - Fotograf. Icon. Surrealist.

Photo: David E. Scherman, dressed for war / David E. Scherman, klædt på til krig. London, England 1943. © Lee Miller Archives 2022. www.leemiller.co.uk

Vær med, når Det Kgl. Bibliotek åbner udstilling om Elizabeth ”Lee” Millers (1907-1977) helt usædvanlige liv som fotograf, model, forretningskvinde, gourmetkok, forfatter og krigskorrespondent.

Til åbningen kan du se udstillingen samt møde de to nulevende personer, der kender Lee Millers liv og værk bedst. Arrangementet begynder i Dronningesalen, hvor fotofaglig kurator Charlotte Præstegaard Schwartz præsenterer Lee Millers vilde historie i samtale med barnebarnet Ami Bouhassane og Millers søn, fotografen Antony Penrose, der begge er direktører for Lee Miller Archives.

Efter arrangementet i salen byder Det Kgl. Bibliotek på et glas i atrium, og der vil være mulighed for at besøge udstillingen.

Fri entré – begrænset kapacitet.


Photo Festival Blues?

Photo: Lee Miller, solarisation self-portrait

We know the feeling: When all the enriching experiences of the 11 days of festival fun stop and the festival closes down, an urgent feeling of emptiness can set in. However, this year we have made plans to ease your festival blues. We have kept an eye out for lens-based exhibitions opening after the festival. This week three exhibitions open in Copenhagen at Basement in Vesterbro, The Royal Library and at GL Strand.

Emerging artists from KBH Film- og Fotoskole

At the independent exhibition space Basement on Vesterbro you can experience the works of this year's young, emerging artists graduating from KBH Film & Footskole from 16 june to 19 June – so do not hesitate to stop by. It is always enriching to get a peak into the projects of future art photographers. The exhibiting artists are: Ellen Hartmann Andersen, Yasmin Jalilian, Malek Bigum Ben Habhab, Siri Thorup, Pedersen, Oline Nordengaard, Elisabeth Vicoria Friis, Jón Helgi Pálmason, Kasper Søholt, Ditte Blom Nielsen, Anna Murmann Olesen, Emil Pril, Rosa Tiedje Løkken, Julie Marie Rustad, Sara-Sofie Mahony, Sigrid Ellesøe Nielsen, Niels Lensvold, Maria Buhl Christensen, Martin Belusa, Thea Tønnesvang, Emma Fager, Dicte Hostrup Sønnichsen, Josephine Motet Jessen, Sarah Arge.

Dazzling photographs by Lee Miller

The Royal Library also opens a must-see exhibition on 16 June about the photographer, model, business woman, war correspondent and gourmet chef, Elizabeth “Lee” Miller. She lived an extraordinary life herself and on top of that she was also a dazzling photographer. She both documented and played with the photographic medium: The war photographs documenting the horrors of World War II as well as he playful surreel compositions that circled around the fluctuating role of women.

Curator talk and world class contemporary art photography at GL Strand

This week another must-see photography exhibition opens at GL Strand. South African visual activist Zanele Muholi (b.1972) came to prominence in the early 2000s with photographs that told the stories of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex lives in South Africa. Today, Zanele Muholi is one of the most significant artists on the international scene. The exhibition at GL STRAND is the first major presentation of Muholi’s work to date in Denmark and includes more than 100 works documenting LGBTQI + in South Africa and presenting the full breadth of Muholi’s career to date. The Exhibition is organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with Kunstforeningen GL Strand, Copenhagen and Bildmuseet at Umeå University.

On 17 June you can meet Yasufumi Nakamori, Senior Curator of International Art (Photography) at Tate Modern in conversation with GL STRAND’s chief curator Anne Kielgast about his collaboration with Zanele Muholi and the making of the exhibition, which is the artist’s first major survey exhibition. The exhibition is curated by Tate Modern in collaboration with GL STRAND. Following the talk there will be a celebration of the opening of the exhibition.

NB! As a special treat, everyone with a Copenhagen Photo Festival 2022 ticket get a 50% discount on the entrance of this exhibition from 18 to 23 June.

Virtual gaming worlds at Øksnehallen

25 June you can experience another type of exhibition, when Øksnehallen opens the exhibition, New Worlds Emerge. The exhibition is part of a collaboration with Fotografisk Center, which shows Char Davies' virtual worlds all summer with Osmose. The exhibition explores the field of video games and how they emerge out of the minds of the creators. The exhibition is not strictly photographic but explores a border country where photography, video and fictitious worlds connects.